It's usually cheaper to buy tickets online than at the gate. Printing tickets out at home also means less time wasted at the park waiting to buy tickets.
You'll pay premium prices for one-day tickets, making multi-day tickets a better deal. Universal
At some parks, a season pass will pay for itself in two visits. At Universal Studios Hollywood in
Sign up for park email newsletters, which often include exclusive deals; look for savings on sites like Groupon.com. Check park websites like Disneyworld.com for special offers and planning guides.
Some parks reduce prices during off-peak hours, like weekdays or late afternoons and evenings.
Check with your employer, union, university and other groups to see if they have access to park deals. Many parks also offer discounts to members of the military, and many
Some parks partner with stores or products. Look for Six Flags coupons on Coke cans, or enter the promo code "coke" if you're buying Six Flags tickets on Sixflags.com. Fans of
FOOD AND DRINK
Some parks let you bring food and drinks in; others don't. You can always bring a collapsible water bottle and fill it from a fountain.
If you're not parked too far away, plan a tailgate picnic at mealtime.
If you don't mind sharing, the supersized drink is always a better deal than small cups. Some parks offer large souvenir cups with free refills.
If you're flying to
Elliott notes that "time is money" at a theme park. The longer it takes to get into the park from your car, the less time you have for rides.
Before you go, make a budget for extras. Give the kids
Alternatively, declare all extras off-limits. Stay out of gift shops, ignore pricey souvenir photos of screaming kids on roller coasters, say no to activities with additional fees like carnival games, bungee-jumping and ziplining.
Avoid rip-off prices in the park. Bring sunscreen, camera supplies and rain ponchos from home.
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